Hi, my name’s Laurie and I am a thirty something year old wife to Simon and mama to our three beautiful children, two boys and a girl. We live on the South East Coast of Queensland, Australia, since emigrating here from the UK almost a decade ago.
Not A Farmhouse
I created this space as a way to share my love of farmhouse style decor, provide others with DIY tutorials and knitting patterns for you and your home.
Some Random Facts About Me
In no particular order…
- I am passionate about helping others
- I LOVE farmhouses and farmhouse style decor
- I love to create in many ways, too many actually!
- I am very much a Type B (planning keeps me on track though!)
- I daydream all the time
- I cannot multi-task (but really, who does that well anyway?!)
- I’m a ‘new-ish’ Christian
- I love anything and everything white
- I struggle with my Mental Health and have done as long as I can remember
- I LOVE anything lemon flavoured or scented, especially actual lemons!!
- I’m addicted to sweets (lollies or candy depending on where you’re from!)
Let me tell you a little bit of my story. I was born and raised on the East Coast of England and moved to Spain on my own at the age of 22. After living there for almost a year, I met my now husband and returned to the UK soon after. To be more specific, Wales (he’s Welsh), and fell in love with the country. It’s very beautiful place!
We started building a life together, including having our first child. I had always known that my husband dreamt of a life overseas, specifically Australia, but didn’t even begin to imagine that I would agree to move overseas again after settling into life in such a beautiful part of the UK.
Moving forward to July 2010, I found myself stepping on a plane at London Heathrow Airport at 10 O’clock on a Wednesday night. My husband and I, and our then seventeen month old son, with nothing more than our suitcases. I took a chance. WE took a chance. It was a huge risk. I mean, selling up everything we owned and moving to the other side of the world. With a baby.
Through the first couple of years of living in Australia, I struggled hugely with my mental health, and in my struggles, found a love for knitting and crochet, as well as other crafts and DIY. To this day, I will take to my needles or hooks when I need to switch off from the battles in my head.
We are now almost a decade on and still living here. It’s been an interesting journey. We’ve had our second and third child since our move and are yet to return for even a holiday. Yes, really! Do I miss ‘home’ you ask? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling the day you ask me!! Today as I’m writing this, I would easily get on that plane and journey back…
My dream is to return one day and I believe one day that we will, when the time is right. Australia is a beautiful country but so is the UK and for me, my heart will always be there but I won’t let that stop me from living life until we are in a position to venture on our journey ‘home’.
When Simon and I bought our first house together in the days before children, I took a week off work and got stuck into repainting all the walls WHITE! It took all week but I just got it done! Even in my younger days, living at home with my parents, I talked them into letting me paint my bedroom white. So, as you see, I LOVE IT!! Our current home is white inside and out, of course!
My love for farmhouse decor came much later. It started with my love for wooden floorboards (especially when painted white), older houses and properties with character and white walls! When we moved to Australia, I took a real liking to quaint little white cottages (Queenslander style) with front verandas and lots of character, but when I stumbled upon the decor style of a farmhouse, that was it! I knew I had to create that feel in my home. One day we will own our own farmhouse!
As my taste in decor grows, evolves and changes, one thing never does – most things have to be white! My decor usually consists of vintage furniture teamed with more modern pieces, thrift store finds and usually a hint of blue. I also have a huge love of Ikea and find lots there to suit my taste, but let’s face it, who doesn’t love Ikea?
One of my favourite weekend tasks is to make things for the home, not just by means of knitting or crochet, but in many ways including sewing, painting and re-purposing. I hope I can inspire you to do the same and create a home you love!
If you’ve read this far – thank you. I’d love to hear all about you and your story too! Why not pop over to Instagram and follow me there…send a message with your story so we can get to know each other! I also have a mini ‘Learn How to Knit Course’ on my IGTV channel which will lead you directly into creating your first knitted item especially for your home!
I look forward to getting to know you!